When Syria closed its borders to foreign journalists, newspapers stopped sending their own reporters. Instead, they've turned to freelance journalists, who operate without papers, without a government-issued security detail, and without ransom insurance.
Austin Tice is used to treacherous assignments. After all, he's a former Marine, who's served in Iraq and Afghanistan. He's been traveling throughout Syria, unauthorized, and has seen each escalation from the ground.
He tells us his stories, from witnessing bombing runs in the wilderness, to dressing like a woman and hurrying through a government-controlled Damascus checkpoint.